I just finished reading for the first time, A Princess of Mars, The Gods of Mars, & The Warlord of Mars. All I can say is WOW, what an amazing read those books where. I found myself not wanting to put them down. John Carter was so driven in ERB writings, his love for Dejah Thoris was clearly his driving force behind his actions. In some ways these were loves stories, not like a romance novel, but you know what I mean. He was not someone looking to rule Mars, or even become famous, he just loved fighting and Dejah Thoris. I enjoyed the way Carter was presented, as someone who was good at one thing, fighting! and boy was there plenty of that. however, it also allowed him to grow as the books went on, seeing his son for the first time. and knowing it was his son without having been told first. His intuition was a great tool he used most of the time to good effect. All be it sometimes he did follow the wrong trail. John Carter is just one cool hero to be sure, man he slayed ALOT of people and things over these three books. I also liked that he was not someone (like a conan) who would bed any woman that threw themself at him. A very noble person for sure, something that seems lost on todays comic and movie heroes. Just a pleasure to read and see this story unfold for the first time. I guess I will start over and read them again now. I can not say what my favorite parts where, I did love the battle against the blacks under the surface, that lead to the fall of isis. And the slaying of plant men and white apes by Tars and Carter was beastly in the valley.